Donor Impact Report

Community Outreach & Collaboration

As Nazareth students learn and grow through their experiences in the world outside of the classroom, they impact and benefit our communities – locally and beyond. Your support ensured access to rich and collaborative community programming, field experiences, service learning, and international experiences that allowed them — as students now and as alumni pursuing their life’s work — to apply their skills and knowledge to practical experiences and problems, and make a deep and genuine difference in our world.

In spite of the challenges presented by the pandemic during 2020–2021 our students and community partners accomplished great things together such as:

  • Partners for Learning: students invested 4,500 hours to tutor and mentor 214 community youth
  • Partners for Serving: 2,168 hours in 10 community-based organizations addressed food and housing insecurity, health, refugee resettlement/immigration, and youth development
  • LifePrep@Naz: 32 student mentors recorded 2,310 volunteer, internship and service-learning hours providing an authentic college experience to high school students with learning disabilities
  • Alternative Breaks: 570 volunteer hours spent serving communities, domestically and abroad, to address social justice issues
  • Nazareth College Connection: Nazareth students, faculty, and staff provided academic support to students in the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection

Further, Nazareth health and human services students, supervised by licensed professionals, continued to offer clinic services – pivoting quickly to ensure delivery of a wide array of wellness, rehabilitative, and related educational services to those in need in the community. Students and their supervisors worked remotely or from the York Institute via Zoom to provide therapy and help children and adults with varying needs who are underserved, or require supplemental or specialty services, at low or no cost.

Paul Towne

Paul Towne ‘97 was a first generation college student who was inspired by his Nazareth community service opportunities and exposure to nonprofits in the Rochester area. His internship with the Mount Hope Family Center, serving kids “living with the most challenging circumstances,” started him on the path to using technology for social good. Paul most recently joined Resilia, a Black woman-led social impact organization that partners with grant-makes to help nonprofits and change-makers building capacity to grow resources and scale impact.